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4:50 AM ET, September 14, 2007

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Reuters:
Verizon Wireless files suit over FCC auction rules  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless has asked a federal court to overturn open-access rules that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is imposing on the winner of valuable wireless airwaves to be auctioned this winter.
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Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless sues over 700 MHz open-access conditions  —  Verizon Wireless challenged in federal appeals court the Federal Communications Commission's 700 MHz open-access rules, the opening salvo in what could evolve into a messy legal battle.  The move puts a cloud of uncertainty …
Chris Sacca / Google Public Policy Blog:
Consumer choice is always the right answer  —  As loyal readers of this blog know, earlier this year the Federal Communications Commission took some significant steps to giving consumers more choices when it comes to high-speed wireless Internet access.  The FCC set rules for the upcoming …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Verizon unhappy with 700MHz open access requirements, sues FCC  —  When the Federal Communications Commission issued its final set of rules for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction, reaction was mixed.  Open access proponents were disappointed that the FCC failed to include all four …
Discussion: Inquirer and Digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Moon  —  Google has revamped their Google Moon maps site.  It's not loading too well here, but maybe you're more lucky.  You can now see little astronaut icons with info bubbles for specific moonlanding sites.  Also, as Pau in the forum notes, the "cheese surface" easter egg …
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Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Google Offers $20 Million X Prize to Put Robot on Moon
Discussion: Inquirer, Gearlog and Digital Trends
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Baffling New Phenomenon: Customized Ringtones  —  At last week's presentation for journalists in California, Apple unveiled a refreshed iPod lineup and several secondary developments.  One of them, which I didn't have room to cover in my iPod review today, involves the availability of custom ringtones for the iPhone.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Ringtones Racket  —  Steve Jobs, introducing iTunes 7.4 during last week's Apple special event: "We're going to ship a new version of iTunes tonight, to support some of the new products you're going to hear about shortly.  And the biggest new feature is going to be ringtones.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Marshall Kirkpatrick Joins Read/WriteWeb  —  I'm very pleased to announce that Marshall Kirkpatrick is joining Read/WriteWeb as a Lead Writer, starting this Monday.  Marshall teams up with Josh Catone in this role, meaning that Read/WriteWeb now has three daily writers (including myself).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Present At TechCrunch40  —  We just got permission to post this - On top of everything else we've got planned, Google will present something at TechCrunch40 next week.  Like the AOL and Yahoo product launches, it will not be eligible for the $50,000 top prize awarded to the best new startup product.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Googlified
Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
Prince to sue YouTube, eBay over music use  —  LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. pop star Prince plans to sue YouTube and other major Web sites for unauthorized use of his music in a bid to "reclaim his art on the Internet."  —  The man behind hit songs "Purple Rain," "1999" and "When Doves Cry" …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: It's all about the UI  —  Salesforce.com on Friday announced a new offering dubbed Force.com, an on-demand platform that gives companies the backend infrastructure as well as the tools to design their applications.  —  The Force.com platform, which is headlined by Visualforce …
Discussion: InfoWorld and CRM FYI
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Viacom And Social Project Launch Broad Decentralized Social Network Called Flux  —  It turns out the rumors of a Viacom investment and partnership with social network Tagworld were accurate.  Viacom invested a reported $40 million in the company for a minority stake (Tagworld was previously funded …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
IS MTV WORKING ON A BRANDED SOCIAL NETWORK?
Discussion: Mashable!
Nick / Rough Type:
A very silly report on "fair use"  —  The Computer & Communications Industry Association, a lobbying group for tech companies, has just issued a report called "Fair Use in the U.S. Economy."  It purports to show that "the fair use economy" is larger than the "copyright economy."
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www.ccianet.org:
Fair Use Economy Represents One-Sixth of U.S. GDP
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 59: Yahoo Buys BuzzTracker  —  Now, we're cooking with some gas over at Yahoo, closing in on the two-thirds point of Jerry Yang's declared 100-day March to Happiness.  —  Today, the Internet giant will announce the purchase of a clever Web site called BuzzTracker, which uses a combination …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Microsoft Update Product Team Blog:
How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date  —  There have been some questions raised about how we service the Windows Update components and concerns expressed about software installing silently.  I want to clarify the issue so that everyone can better understand why the self-updating of Windows Update acts the way it does.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Kiva.org Crosses $11 Million in Microloans to Developing Nations  —  San Franciso-based Kiva.org, a microfinance non-profit organization founded in 2005, is one of the best success stories of the charitable web.  We first profiled it back in January.  In just 2 years, the site …
Discussion: AccMan Pro
 
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Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Defendant: RIAA abusing courts to shore up "failing business model"
Discussion: TechSpot News and Digg
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
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Tim Gideon / PC Magazine:
Apple iPod touch
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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